The Blessed Virgin Mary, under this title, was officially declared Patroness of the Order in 1994, by order of the Apostolic See.

Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, asked several contemplative monastic communities of his diocese to write a prayer to Mary Queen of Palestine, patron of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, whose feast falls on October 25.

The hope expressed is that with the Virgin Mary we place ourselves before the One for whom nothing is impossible. Faced with the difficult situation of the Holy Land, we strengthen our trust in the Mother of the Prince of Peace, confident of the power of her intercession in favor of justice.

 

               MARY QUEEN OF PALESTINE                   

Patroness of the Order 

To you, Virgin Mother Mary,

Queen of the Land of Christ we come to praise you,

to thank you and entrust to you all your children,

inhabitants and pilgrims of this Land.

Virgin, Daughter of Zion,

teach us the love you have for everyone, without distinction.

Show us your merciful heart, give us your clarity of vision.

As in the days of Nazareth teach us to listen attentively

to the voice of God and to his Word of life.

Teach us fidelity in our daily work

and silence capable of creating profound communion.

Like in Cana watch over families,

so that there is no lack of joy and unity.

As on the streets of Galilee and Judea,

precede us on the path of discipleship

in the footsteps of your beloved Son

to the supreme offering at the foot of Calvary.

As in the Upper Room, intercede with the gift of the Spirit

that cries in us: “Abbà”.

The One Father for Jews, Christians and Muslims,

Help us all to walk on the paths of

forgiveness and reconciliation so the walls that

divide may fall.

Mother of the Prince of Peace,

also gift us the taste of Heaven that supports our hope,

so that soon “justice and peace will kiss” this Holy Land

and the entire earth.

Amen.

Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, Pray for us and all the peoples of the Lands made sacred by your Son’s Life, Death, and Resurrection.